The Sequence

What to look for when you analyze your own swing

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Rotate through the followthrough
It's important to continue turning to the left until you come out of your spine angle and into a full finish. All too often, I see amateur golfers nearly stop rotating at impact and continue swinging the club. Doing this causes them to flip their hands and try to time their swing rather than let the body continue to rotate into the finish.

Keep moving to the left so the club remains in front of your chest and on plane, as you see in my swing above. Roughly halfway into the followthrough, the butt of the club should be pointing to your "prime rib." Also, the right hand should be extended as though you're in a "shaking-hands" position.

The ingredients of a full finish include your right shoulder pointing at the target and nearly all the weight on your left side. To double-check that you're finishing correctly, hold your position for five seconds. It'll help balance your swing, too!

Originally from Leicestershire, England, Guy Shaw, British PGA, teaches golf at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.


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